It has now been four weeks since France reconfigured itself. If businesses reopen their doors today, nothing has changed in government doctrine regarding teleworking. During his speech on November 26, Prime Minister Jean Castex reiterated this forcefully: “Teleworking will remain the rule and should be as massive as possible. “Élisabeth Borne, the Minister of Labor, has been repeating it over and over again since the beginning of November:” In terms of teleworking, I remind you, the rule that now applies is as follows: those whose tasks can be done entirely remotely must telecommute five days out of five. “
Here is the quantified assessment after a month of reconfinement. For the fourth week, total teleworking is still not the norm: 22% of French employees are fully teleworked, 40% are in the office all week and 21% go there a few days a week (the rest of the employees being on partial unemployment). Obviously, all employees are not equal when it comes to teleworking: according to figures from Happydemics, only a third of employees say they can carry out their activity by teleworking 100%. Managers more often feel that they can work remotely – 76% partially or totally, unlike non-managerial employees, who are 59% who consider that they have to go to their workplace every day.
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A certain weariness begins to be felt
But what is striking, and what marks an important difference with the first spring confinement, is the following fact: even within the category of employees for whom total teleworking is possible, there are refractory to the government instructions to stay at home! Indeed, among those who have the ability to telecommute 100%, 20% go to the office all week and 20% go there a few days a week. It appears that compliance with the instructions depends a lot on the status granted to teleworking in each company even before the confinement experiments. Among the companies for which teleworking was already possible a few days a week before the confinement, 35% have completely closed their offices and 31% have left their offices open, but strongly recommend teleworking.
Half of employees say they “lack recognition”
The Happydemics survey also shows that a certain weariness is beginning to be felt among employees about teleworking. Of those who telecommute totally, 19% would like to be able to go to the office every day and 40% part-time. In fact, a month after the “reconfinement”, it has been proven that it has an impact on the well-being of employees. This plays on the motivation of employees, which is at half mast (29% claim to lack some); as well as on the level of tension felt (40% of employees feel more tense than normal). Half of the employees also state that they “lack recognition”, this feeling being particularly strong among the population of non-managers of large companies; and 42% agree that they “need more social interactions”. Finally, all this logically impacts the activity, the very work of the employees, since 34% of them feel less active today than in a classic situation. In short, for the mental health of employees and in the best interests of companies, we must hope for a rapid return to normalcy in the world of work.
* Survey carried out by Happydemics (www.happydemics.com) between 24 and 27 November with 3,872 respondents representing the French and 666 employees of ME (microenterprises), SMEs, ETI and GE.